Does she have a fever? What is her temperature? Questions like these induce fear in most new parents. The word fever is a trigger for worry and concern. It spawns many questions including: What is wrong with my child? Is she seriously ill? Could she have something seriously wrong with her? What do I need to do for her? Does she need to see the doctor? Does she need an antibiotic? What other signs of infection should I be looking for? Could the fever cause her to have a seizure? These are just a few of the many thoughts you will experience. These concerns and many others are healthy and appropriate. When concern is not managed and moderated worry replaces it and unhealthy consequences and patterns of behavior result. Your first step in this process is to learn about the causes and meaning of fever.
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